From Smash to Street Fighter – The Fighting Game Shift Struggle

The release of Street Fighter V was hotly anticipated, as Street Fighter IV’s long road to reviving fighting games on console. Now, the actual release has been harped on, due to the severe lack of content found within the game, from character roster and extensive story modes, to different modes and character specific training. However, the gameplay does pick up a lot of this slack, but this is not a review. As a seasoned Super Smash Bros player, I have largely avoiding taking 2-D console fighters seriously like Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, and King of Fighters. With this iteration, I have decided to finally tackle this franchise that has defined fighting games since the dawn of video games.

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Super Smash Bros is a game built upon a legacy of games, namely platformers. So when anytime picks up a control and takes hold of a character, say Mario, you move around like Mario.

Kirby flies like Kirby, Yoshi hovers like Yoshi, and Donkey Kong hits like Donkey Kong. While other characters are adjusted to the fighting formula, the core mechanics lie in controlling a platforming game with the characters you like with the goal of beating the crap out of your opponents. This is part of what makes the game so approachable; it gives an air of familiarity to anyone who has touched the games.

With Street Fighter, you have to learn what makes each character unique. Learning the basic inputs, their special abilities, their weight, movement, and overall flow of the gameplay is just an ounce of understanding the game. It doesn’t mean squat if you can execute a heavy hitting if you can’t find a way to break your opponents defenses.


It’s Just You and Your Opponent.

Another main factor that separates Super Smash Bros from Street Fighter is stage selection. In Super Smash Bros, some stages are considered neutral, such as Battlefield and Final Destination, which feature mainly flat surfaces, non-moving platforms, and no obstacles.


In Street Fighter, stage selection is aesthetic, so with that, the major focus is your opponent. Most of the mind games begin on this screen select.


Managing the tools comes next. With most Smash Bros characters, all of the abilities are accessible right when the match begins. In Street Fighter, as you battle and take and inflict damage, you increase your EX gauge that allows to perform stronger versions of your attacks and hard-hitting special arts. Strategy involves managing this meter, time, and focusing on positioning your fighter to overwhelm your opponent.


As a Smash player, most of my adjusting to Street Fighter is managing meter and executing. In my experience, Super Smash Bros conditions you to learn character match-ups, utilize the stage, choose effective moves, and understand every habit you have ever had. Street Fighter has many similarities in understanding the player and matchups, but there is a greater importance in carrying over momentum from round to round, as opposed to the stocks and lack of meter that give you a fresh start in each minute of Super Smash Bros. As I struggle in the online realm of Street Fighter V, I remain humble in the continuous learning curve that is brutal as it is rewarding.


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20 Years of Pokemon Red & Blue

This past February marked the 20th anniversary of Pokemon Red and Blue releasing and Nintendo honored this glorious event by re-release Pokemon Red, Blue, & Yellow on 3DS’s Virtual Console. Some of the staff have been playing, while others have been enjoying the reemergence of Pokemon, like the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon announcement, along with oncoming releases of Pokken Tournament and Pokemon Go! We’re all just excited to see the rise of Pokemon on different platforms and are excited to share our thoughts on one of the most iconic video game franchises.

From the original game, what part hooked you the most?

Alex: I liked the journey of venturing around and being the best. The silent trainer let his training do the talking; beating a gym would allow you to have your name engraved right in front, you filled up the pokedex, and your reward for defeating tough opponents and pokemon gave you relevant and key rewards. The sense of accomplishment from dismantling a huge crime organization and beating everyone to be the best was rewarding to no end.


Willy:Definitely the joys of challenging all the gym leaders. Since all the gym leaders were based off one pokemon type, it was always fun to go out and find a specific Pokemon to counter that gym leader. I had the most trouble with Brock and Misty since I picked Charmander but then I learned about the power of Butterfree. Since then, Butterfree has become one of my first picks every time I started the game over (since Beedrill sucks). Butterfree using Confusion was my jam, carrying me places I never knew about.

Yeksson: It had to be the theme music. I was immediately hooked when I first faced Brock in Pewter City. I remember always saving before the Gym Leader battle and turning up the volume to hear that awesome theme. It’s the closest I felt to being Ash from the anime. In a sense I was turning my cap backwards and about to throw down!


What was your team back in the day and with another shot at the game, what would your Hall of Fame team look like?

Alex: Way back when, I picked up Pokemon Blue and since my brother got Charizard, I had Blastoise on my final roster. Alongside the big turtle was Venomoth, Flareon, Hitmonchan, Omastar, and Zapdos! I mostly picked Pokemon that looked cool, and I think my new team will do some of the same. As I’m playing through the game again, my final team will probably consist of Charizard, Nidoking, Pigeot, Gyrados, Alakazam, and Jolteon.


Willy:I don’t remember too much about my starting team but I know it had Charizard, Pigeot, and Gyrados for sure. As for my new team, I’d definitely run three Eevees and Vaporeon, Jolteon, and Flareon. I’d name the Eevees Glaceon(<3), Espeon, and Umbreon since they didn’t exist at the time.

Yeksson: I started off with Red and remember picking Charmander because he looked the closest. Every play through had at least Pidgeot and Charizard. I liked to mix in Gyarados, Jolteon, Aerodactyl, Nidoking, Arcanine, Dragonite, Zapdos, Articuno and Mewtwo.

What is your favorite moment of the original games?

Alex: Anytime I beat Blue when I was completely taken off guard (Rt. 22, Cerulean City, SS Anne), I was so proud and glad to shove his bragging back down his throat.



Willy: Abusing Missingno and going mad with power, harvesting rare candies for the rest of my life. Occasionally evolving the Missingno into a Kangaskhan that knew sky attack was hilarious.

Yeksson: Beating the Elite Four and Blue for the first time. Lance’s strongest Pokémon was a level 62 Dragonite whereas Blue had a level 65 fully evolved starter that countered your original in-game pick.

Pokemon Yellow was a follow-up game made to capitalize on the anime and overall Pokemania. Mainly featuring a Pikachu that follows you and a quest that resembles Ash’s from the show, what aspect from the anime would you have loved to have in the game?

Alex: Dodging. Anytime a Pokemon was able to dodge, I was so jealous. Still waiting when that type of move (similar to a Defend command) can be incorporated into a main franchise game.

Willy:I would’ve loved to see more Team Rocket trolling you around. Constant attempts of snatching my Pikachu would’ve made for an enjoyable experience. AND IF THEY PUT IN MEOWTH’s LOVE STORY. OH MY GOODNESS, GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD. HE LEARNED ENGLISH FOR HER!!!


Yeksson: Being able to use more than 4 moves. I always found it phony that Ash also made up some moves. For example, using water gun, powered by a Thunderbolt.


2014’s Twitch Plays Pokemon event was a fantastically bizarre experiment where countless Twitch users controlled one trainer in an emulated Pokemon Red game. Of the countless memes, which are your favorite?


Alex: The religious connotations that came with the game’s play through were hilarious. Praise Helix and the False Prophet Flareon always crack me up.



Willy:I didn’t dabble too much in the twitch plays Pokemon era so I wouldn’t know. I only heard stories.


Yeksson: Bird Jesus, the Messiah.


Most importantly, what’s your favorite Pokemon from the original 151 and why?

Alex: Eevee. I always thought his potential for growth was great and continues to expand.



Willy:Probably Pikachu with Vaporeon being an extremely close second. But I mean Pikachuwilly sounds so much better than Vaporeonwilly. How unfortunate indeed.


Yeksson: Jolteon. I remember having a first edition Jolteon card and seeing the move Pin Missile. As I kid I was like “that’s so cool! I want one!”


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Opinion: My Vendetta against Weekly Comics

Rage. Disappoint. Dumbfoundedness. Let down. These are but a few emotions that seeped from the depths of my soul after reading DC Comic’s big weekly event from 2014-2015, Future’s End. Although a bit behind, I decided to wait for the event to settle and read the event in a full weekend sitting. Here’s my one major question…


A few major goals coming out of the event were:

  • Explore the past, the present, and the future’s of the current status quo of comics.
  • Refresh long-standing characters and give them life beyond the weekly series.
  • Introduce fan-favorite Terry McGuinness (Batman Beyond) into the main universe (New52)

As I address these issues, I can’t express the following enough:


As an alternative future for an already blossoming new continuity, Future’s End saw many recognizable heroes in a disastrous future ruled by Brother Eye, an entity bent of regulating and destroying the current world. Darkseid’s army from Apokolips invaded Earth Prime (along with Earth 2) and Earth Prime hosts the refugees from the destroyed Earth 2. This becomes a point of conflict along with the growing conflicts between heroes and vigilantes, government agents versus soldiers of fortune, magic versus science, and lastly, the impact of new heroes versus the legacy of heroes from the past. While some characters attain noteworthy growth throughout the developing narrative, there are plenty of missed opportunities with characters like Mr. Terrific going from calculating to a moron with no control, Grifter constantly questioning his place and essentially being stuck on an island for most of the story, and King Faraday’s role as a secret agent/behind the scenes character leaves him a one-note character. The story’s overall ambition is to be applauded, but the large cast of characters, the multiple, convoluted storylines, and the slew of artists and writers that take over the story, mixing things too abruptly.

Like I said, the event takes liberties with some of the well-established characters and giving them refreshing new overhauls. Alfred becomes a captivating snarky AI that is lodged in Batman Beyond’s ear, Firestorm changes hosts to a new female form that shares experience and passion, and Shazam, the hero who takes over for a long-lost Superman. What makes these developments upsetting is tied to Batman Beyond’s both inclusion and separation from the New52.

What happens to Batman Beyond is that he becomes the main focus of the event, as he and Alfred are the only ones who traveled to the past (from 35 years into the dying future to 5 years from the New52 current day). As he works to stop the era he came from (the future world from the beloved DC Animated Universe), Terry McGuiness ends up losing his life in a last-ditch effort to save the heroes around him. Tim Drake, a hero who gave up crime-fighting after seeing the Teen Titans decimated, sees Terry’s heroics and decides to follow his path and don the cowl to prevent the apocalypse from the future. Unfortunately, Tim ultimately fails, as he only partly destroys Brother Eye, setting up for a new future where the old future is gone, the new future loses all of the characters established over the past year, and we lose the great Terry McGuiness. While Future’s End is aptly named, it fails to make a lasting impact, we lose an important character who never gets his shot in the main continuity, and the rich world developed over the course of a year is all lost.


What’s worse is that the title has led me down a road to narcissism, as I wonder why weekly titles should exist in the first place. Does the tight schedule give creators more of a challenge? Does the large cast benefit from being together every week? I’ve been interested in other events, but the large weekly comics could not be more unappealing. The possibilities for incredible story-telling are outweighed by the large commitment. Some stories are told in single comics that last 6 issues and have incredible lasting effects for the characters, while some events have no singular point after 12, after 20, after 50+ issues. It’s incredibly disheartening to buy into these stories with great premises when they have a potential to let you down week after week after week.

It may be my huge love for Batman Beyond and how game changing the comic and show have been to me, but when great writers and artist take change to give a hero the spotlight they deserve and the last thing they leave readers with is his death, it makes it hard to believe that the writers really knew what they were doing. For now, I have to tread carefully, as good weeklys are still being made with great fan reception, such as Batman & Robin Eternal. But as for now, I’m not ready for that commitment. Let us know what you think in the comments below or via our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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4 Legend of Zelda’s 30th Anniversary Games to Get Excited For

Nothing says the best video game franchise (in this writer’s opinion) like a 30th Anniversary celebration. In case you haven’t set out to explore the world of Hyrule, there is no better time to start than now.

Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD on Wii U


Another big console re-release, Twilight Princess is out now on the Wii U almost 10 years after its initial release. Back when it was being launched, it was the insane time during the Gamecube/Wii transition. No one knew what to expect from the new console and Twilight Princess emerged as a progression from the base Ocarina of Time/Majora’s Mask had established (as opposed to Wind Waker’s focus on naval exploration and cel-shaded graphics.

Legend of Zelda: A Link to a Past on New 3DS


Hands down my favorite Zelda and possibly favorite game of all time, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to a Past is an overhaul to the original Legend of Zelda on NES, but also established a mythos, introduced new weapons, made a quest staple that many games (including Ocarina of Time) have developed upon, and really brought Hyrule to life. Whether you’ve played it on SNES, GBA, or are getting a shot at it now, there’s no better way to experience Zelda than by playing this classic.

Hyrule Warriors Legends (3DS)


The Zelda spinoff you never expected but glad it exists, Hyrule Warriors initially released on Wii U back in 2014. The 3DS is getting its own version in March with new characters such as Tetra, Linkle, Skull Kid and more. The Dynasty Warriors gameplay may be hit-or-miss for some, but you can’t help but awe at the power of Link, Darunia, Zelda, and many beloved character being able to let loose on countless enemies.


Legend of Zelda (Wii U)


Obviously, the most anticipated title is the next entry in the series. Promises of a grandiose game that utilizes an open world, Hyrule will has never seemed so big. Not much more to say at the moment, but no doubt we will see something great at E3 this summer.

All in all, this year looks to be a good year for the Wii U. The wait is rough but the rewards for a Zelda fan like myself are great.

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Spring has come early, Leo finally has an oscar, and all is good in the world. Why not checking out the things we love that brighten up our days?

Alex: Green Lantern Corps by Patrick Gleason & Dave Gibbons


As I catch up on my way behind reading, I tend to find series that I want to jump into. Unfortunately, for the completionist I am, I like to start at the beginning of a story arc. When I first read the great Sinestro Corps War arc, I thought it was fantastic after starting with Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern revival. However, I saw the series was mixed with Green Lantern Corps. I’ve finally gotten the opportunity to catch up on it and I’m liking the build up of the corps while Hal Jordan takes care of discovering the other lanterns. There’s definitely more camaraderie and military based team-building that goes on, as aliens of different cultures, warring factions, and royalty are all mixed into one police force designed for the good of the universe. Kyle Rayner’s growth is great to see, but seeing how fantastic Lanterns like Kilowog, Katma Tui, and even Guy Gardner.

Brian: Helldivers


Local and online co-op, third person shooter, team attack on, opportunity to build for your own style, good times.

Shayna: My Grandma Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry

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Last week, I was stuck working in DC and spent my downtime/metro time reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry (a mouthful of a title) by Fredrik Backman. It’s a strange book in that it’s fictional but ties in so many fantasy/fairy tale elements that it’s really hard to categorize it into one genre.

Elsa, a seven-year-old, very intelligent, grammatically-correct child is best friends with her grandmother. In fact, her grandmother is her only friend. Elsa isn’t very popular with her peers. She’s not seen as normal. So, she and her grandmother created Miamas — a kingdom they travel to in their fantasies. In the Land-of-Almost-Awake as they call it, they build on their stories, travel through the kingdoms, and Elsa’s grandmother tells her fairy tales from all over Miamas. They even have a secret language so no one can understand them.

Elsa is shattered when she finds out her grandmother has cancer. When she passes away, Elsa is frustrated to find that Miamas wasn’t just something between her and her grandmother. Miamas is much more than a fantasy — it was directly tied to Elsa’s whole world and reality. Her grandmother has left her a scavenger hunt, leading her to find letters and deliver them to people from her grandmother’s life… people who correspond directly to someone from Miamas. It’s Elsa’s job to unravel her grandmother’s secrets and the darkness in her life.

I enjoyed this book because it ended up being brutally inspirational — it dived into issues such as self-acceptance and why it’s okay to not be normal. It was a light read, but thoroughly entertaining. It had its funny moments, but also some somber and dark moments. Definitely check it out if you’re interested in the fiction/fantasy genres

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TV Runback – New Girl

Soooo we have those days where we catch up on a show. We missed the buzz. We become busy and forget an episode. Some of us are just plain old lazy. Thanks to the wonders of DVD box sets, Netflix, and the internet, more people are watching television shows than ever. This is what I’ve been catching up on.


Roommate life can be boring, it can be obnoxious, it can be hectic, and it can be hilarious. New Girl may feature Zoey Dechannel in the spotlight, but the show takes a look at the lives of these roommates and how they live with each other. The opening episodes paint the picture three dysfunctional 30 year olds (Schmidt, Nick, and Winston) learning to live with the new, peppy Jessica Day. The goofiness unfolds relatively fast, as the quirky personalities drive the show faster than the standalone predicaments of the day to day fiascos. The best way to understand the show is to figure out what these weirdos are about.

Jessica “Jess” Day


Quirky, super cute, and full of heart, Jessica brightens up the loft with her energy, her desire to help others, and innate need for friendship from everyone in her life. She has a can-do attitude about everything, which works best against the roommates who are insanely set in their ways. She knits and bakes, she jumps onto impossible situations, her teaching jobs makes her compassionate with kids and everyone, and even though her phrasing is always old-school and random, Jess always means well and makes the best of every situation.anigif_enhanced-buzz-31190-1375451817-7
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Nick Miller


An old-man living in a young body, Nick is as stubborn as it gets. Nick can’t express his emotions or admit failure, his knack for home repair reaches dangerous levels, and he would rather tend bar than be the lawyer he trained to be. Longing for a simple life, the Chicago native wants the things in life that make him happy, like good company, less complications, and a lady to take home at his imagined happiness.


Lastly, he can’t dance to save his life and does a terrible moonwalk to escape awkward situations.


Winston “Winnie The Bish” Bishop


The most low key of all the roommates, Winston is an ex-pro Latvian basketball player who is simply trying to get by, find his way in life, and maybe get to know himself a little bit better. He is a maintainer of the status quo who keeps to himself until the chaos of the loft drifts into his part of the world. As the seasons go on, he becomes a bit more of a lovable oddball as he opens up, with his puzzles, his lack of prank skills, and his weird coolness are all a part of his charm, with a bizarre blend of awkwardness, swagger, and naiveté.




Easily one of the biggest show-stealers, Schmidt is the success story come true. Originally a nice, overweight kid in college, Schmidt gained confidence, lost weight, got a job in marketing, and the rest is history. Part playboy, part metrosexual, but most of all, incredibly goofy in everything he does.


Schmidt as the main money maker also has a large say on what goes on at the loft and is first to attack problems among the roommates. He is always the center of attention, whether he is hitting on women, making his own parties, reinventing himself at work, or just changing a new part of his pseudo-secure lifestyle. While his bravado pushes people away, he cares deeply for his friends who have stuck by his transformations.


Cecelia “Cece” Parekh


Jess’s best friend, Cece is more forward, confident, and pushy friend to Jess’s softer, more loving nature. Cece is self described as not nice and her brashness gets her forward, even if it pushes others away. Cece evolves by breaking her walls very slowly, as she learns to become friends the four guys who surround Jess that are attracted to her. Cece’s job as a model may pigeon hole her in the minds of her friends, but her personality and dedication to Jess shine through on countless occassions.

Nothing says friendship like a boob fight.

Ernie “Coach” Tagliaboo


The first and newest member of the loft, Coach left the crew after the first episode but then came back after a terrible breakup. He, like most of the loft, is looking to rebuild his life after a major disaster and his athletic tendencies lead him to be ultra competitive. Dating, watching sports, literally timing everything, Coach brings the boys closer to their college days, while slowly showing off his sensitivity to the ladies’ in the home.

The best moments really come down from the zany personalities and how this group meshes. New Girl is hardly stressful to watch, confronts a lot of problems twenty-somethings get into, work through as many goofy parties and life crises as possible. While this latest season is switching out main girl Jess with Megan Fox’s character, Raegan, we’ll see how swapping out the main girl for a short time will impact the other tone of the show. As long as the roommates continue to play off each other, the show will remain hilariously relevant and unapologetically goofy.635596335268587231814398259_tumblr_inline_nf7rlaP0kT1rrjq29 6355330130251051351347432919_giphy-4 05e3425f84c8c3f2314a066c9dfa40bb b06e5a20-1fb5-0132-4e38-0ebc4eccb42f

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Alex: Grayson by Tim Seeley, Tom King, & Mikel Janin

I’ll admit that, even though I read plenty of comics, I am severely behind on being up to date. With that in mind, one of my favorite characters to follow is Dick Grayson. When Nightwing ended during Forever Evil, I was shocked to see he would be outed as Dick Grayson to the world and become a secret agent for a international espionage organization named Spyral. The transition book, Grayson, has a lot of fun incorporating elements that put Grayson in the shoes of James Bond. Dick’s ethics, movements, charisma, and trust are all tested as he is forced to act as an agent, not a hero. The art has been clean, the stories balanced self-contained stories and using small tidbits to advance the plot, and the book is embraces the genre to have a lot of fun to coincide with the grit. Plus, seeing the rise of Midnighter to his own series is well worth the slight status quo shift.


Brian: 7 Wonders

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Continuing my exploration of boardgames, a friend discovered 7 Wonders and we checked out videos online to see how it played. A lot of people recommended it saying it’s simple and fun and you get the hang fairly quickly. When you first play it doesn’t seem like it, but after about one and half playthroughs I’m sure anyone can understand the game enough to enjoy it.

Essentially the point of the game is to build up your empire through 3 acts and have the most points on the end based on how many civics, science, military, and other structures you have. The game has a fair amount of depth based on economy, resources, prioritization and even some mind games. It really is more about doing building up your stuff than being a scumbag though (although there is plenty of room for scumbagging as well). Once you get the hang of it, games take about 30-45 minutes which is fairly quick for a boardgame, and I’d highly recommend this one, especially if you like ancient civilizations, the art alone in the game will probably be enough.

Erin: Deadly Class

Ever wondered what it would be like to go to a different high school or college? Ever imagined yourself going to one of those trade schools that allow you to focus on JUST music, writing, or sports? What about assassination? No? Never considered it?

Enter Rick Remender’s Deadly Class – where kids are chosen to go to school to learn how to become flawless deadly assassins. I’ve been catching up on this hot series this month, and boy am I disappointed that I got so behind. Unique, exciting, and set in San Francisco – this comic is wonderful and has so many layers to it. Remender is really writing from the heart, taking high school angst and tropes to a whole new level. Pick up and read with me now please.

Yeksson: Yu-Gi-Oh!

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It’s time to D-D-D-D-DUEL!

I found the entire Yu-Gi-Oh series on Hulu.  I remember being really invested when the show first aired in the US.  After the Battle City arc, I lost interest in the series.  I never knew what had happened in seasons 3-5.  I just know how it all ends because I randomly stumbled upon the finale on YouTube.  The duels are so dramatic and it’s crazy to think world implications are tied to a deck of cards.  However, the strategies explored in this series always make me want to go out and buy a booster pack.

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One of DC’s weekly series that I finally got around to read is the New52 Future’s End, starring Batman Beyond in an attempt to change the apocalyptic future from whence he came. While I am on the fence about how I feel after 48 issues of this crazy world we may never see again, a great takeaway from the series is the art. While the interior had multiple great artists, the covers and some of the art design are stunning, all thanks to longtime DC artist Ryan Sook. His work has a little Terry Dodson slickness, the darkness of Mike Mignola, and an energy all his own.
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Aside from this weekly series, he’s contributed all around DC, namely for some of the supernatural titles like The SpectreSeven Soldiers: Zatanna, and Justice League Dark.

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Lastly, he’s worked on many series outside of DC, including the incredible X-Factor by Peter David.

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Opinion: I’m Anti-Trailer

What’s trending, what’s on social media, what gets views, it seems to be everything nowadays. 6 second snippet, 30 second commercial, 2 minute trailer, international trailer, 2nd trailer, final trailer. More content is better, right? No, not in this case, especially because there is no extra content. You get the same movie as everyone else when it releases. The term of teaser is correct, as it leaves you wanting more.

But there’s just too much. I know way too much about Batman V Superman. About Daredevil. About Captain America: Civil War. I just want to go into the movie with one trailer, a small snippet, and call it quits. Why?

There are too many reveals that should be saved for the movie. All of the surprises. All of the jokes. All of the actors surprise roles. All lost.

Take a look at this trailer for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. This movie had one of the biggest surprises in all of cinema, plenty of twists, death, surprises, none of which were revealed in this trailer and yet it still remained an amazing film filled with surprises.


Vader is Anakin. Yoda. The Whole Battle of Hoth. The breakdown of Vader’s staff. The Luke-Han-Leia triangle. None of it is lost, but the trailer just reminds you of what’s great about Star Wars without revealing some key moments.

Lately, the trailers are what people can’t get enough of, but at the end of the day, I only need a taste to know I like something, not a whole platter. Let us know what you think in the comments below or via our Facebook and Twitter pages!

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With Deadpool killing it at the box office this past weekend, it’s time to saddle on up with some new recommendations from the writers. Some big games from 2014 and 2015, some apps, and a surprise or two this week on Swole Patrol’s Weekly Picks!

Alex: Batman: Arkham Knightbatman-arkham-knight-rating-2-jpg

I’ve been grinding through the latest Batman game like a madman. It’s incredibly deep, with so much content it’s hard to put the controller down. I have some gripes about the overall pacing and direction of this open-world hybrid game, but the story, the gameplay, and the encapsulation of the Batman universe makes it one of the best in the series. I’m absolutely astounded by the amount of voice work and character design alone that went into this game, as it impossibly tops every other entry in the series. Well worth the delay, Arkham Knight is one for the ages.


Brian: Super Smash Bros for Wii U DLC

Bayonetta Corrin

After the super polarizing final DLC characters were released for Smash Wii U, I decided to come back to the game and give them a go (after some shenanigans with the wii shop, but that’s another story).

My personal first impressions are both characters are really powerful characters, and while a lot of the Smash community is focused on Bayonetta (deservedly so, she’s doing awesome stuff) I think Corrin is quietly destroying people. Both characters are a lot of fun and have strong tools to succeed, but to me, Corrin just has a lot going for him/her, and not really any glaring weaknesses. That’s not to say I think Bayonetta is bad, I just think people will study her harder and quicker, resulting in her dropping out of this top 3-5 discussion she’s currently in. Time will tell though.

Erin: Mortal Kombat X

I’ve been playing this game non-stop since the beginning of the year and I just absolutely love it. More than ever, I’m just excited to play a few rounds every day and try new characters and new moves. The visceral gameplay and the fatalities make this game so enjoyable for a fighting game – one that anyone can pick up and have fun with. My roommates and I play all the time and it’s a great break from life and moment for everyone to yell at each other. Add me and let’s fight: @erinofsteel.

Shayna: ShamelessShameless

This past weekend, I dived into Shameless, a show I’ve been meaning to watch for quite some time (mainly because I’m in love with the main character, Emmy Rossum). I watched all of season one in less than two days — which required nearly 12 hours of commitment. Now I’m halfway through season 2 (out of six). It’s on Showtime, and you can stream it with a login for DirecTV or anything similar if you have the Showtime subscription.

Shameless is a drama/dark comedy-ish show that features an alcoholic father, Frank (William H. Macy), and his six children. The real parent in the family is the eldest sibling Fiona (Emmy Rossum), a 21-year-old high school dropout. She raises the kids, attempts to find work, and cleans up after her father who doesn’t seem to give a shit about anything (think: basically willing to give up his youngest kid to pay off betting debts, lives off illegal income and faked disabilities, and steals money from his own kids). The show spends time focusing on all six kids, their personal lives, and how they are affected by their father. In every episode, Frank somehow proves to be a worse father than he already was.

There is a lot of drinking, drug use, cursing, sex (literally scenes with full male and female nudity in nearly every episode, so if that bothers you, expect to be offended).

This show is incredible. In a way, it reminds me of how Six Feet Under made me feel — and I’ve been looking for a show to fill that void for almost three years now. It’s one of those shows with a lot of character development, and I love when I start to feel close to the characters. It also has a kickass soundtrack.

Willy: Neko Atsume

I haven’t been doing much in terms of new entertainment, as I am still playing Animal Crossing: New Lead and Fire Emblem. BUT if anyone wants a fun, cool app to try out, Neko Atsume is the place to be. It’s an enjoyable app for cat lovers such as myself. You get a whole yard to yourself and fill it with fun toys and treats and wait for cats to come. Would recommend to anyone aspiring to become a crazy cat person as the costs are non existent and the reward is a bountiful yard of cats. Purrfect for the whole family. Try not to start a CATastrophe while you play it and download it right meow!

Yeksson: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain



So aside from a few Side Ops and Extreme Mode Missions, I’ve finished playing MGS V: TPP.  The biggest takeaway from this game is that the main protagonist is not actually Big Boss.  In fact, you play as a plastic surgery modified copy of Big Boss.  It’s a huge point in the overalll MGS timeline.  Most fans know that Solid Snake defeats Big Boss twice.   However, the first time Snake beats Big Boss in Outer Heaven, it is actually the phantom copy of Big Boss that perishes.

This game definitely feels incomplete. Thanks Konami for rushing would could have been a masterful installment in MGS.  That being said, I still really enjoyed this game.  Weapons development and customizing was pretty neat.  You’re also given the option of having buddies in most missions.  My favorite is definitely the sniper, Quiet.  The dog, D-D, is arguably the most useful.  The Walker Gear has a lot of upside to it as it can almost act as a second soldier with you.

I’m thinking of trying out the Uncharted series next.  Stay tuned.

Be sure to check back every Wednesday for new things to read, watch, play, and enjoy!

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